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Johann P. Arnason

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474455893

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455893.001.0001

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Conceit and Deceit in the European Union: Imaginaries of Europe and a Pan-Eurasian Alternative

Conceit and Deceit in the European Union: Imaginaries of Europe and a Pan-Eurasian Alternative

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(p.201) 10 Conceit and Deceit in the European Union: Imaginaries of Europe and a Pan-Eurasian Alternative
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European Integration
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Chris Hann

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455893.003.0010

Current tensions between ‘old’ and ‘new’ members of the EU are explored with reference to capitalist political economy and historical constructions of a continental divide. While ‘populist’ politicians in the countries of the Visegrád cooperation celebrate their nations and Christian civilisation, the Wertegemeinschaft espoused by the EU mainstream is a form of liberal cosmopolitanism. These contrasting imaginaries of Europe are reinforced by structural inequalities, accentuated by the eurozone (as analysed by W. Streeck and C. Offe). EU elites conceptualize Asia as a distinct continent, and Hungarian leaders invoke the Asian roots of the Magyars when it suits their legitimation strategies. The chapter concludes by drawing attention to long-term commonalities extending across the entire landmass of Eurasia, and the potential of this civilizational heritage for creating new forms of political cooperation.

Keywords:   European Union (EU), Eurasia, Eurozone, Asia, Christian civilisation, Populism, Visegrád cooperation, Wertegemeinschaft, Offe, Claus, Streeck, Wolfgang

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